If you read our recent post on our predictions for sleep trends of 2018, you’ll know that we think taking the time to tune into our bodies and working out how best we sleep is key to improving the quality of our sleep this year, rather than focusing on keeping track via apps.
With that in mind, we thought it might be a good idea to share a few goals which you can put in place now in order to help you on your way to improving your sleep organically.
The tips we’ve added below are ones we’ve found to be the simplest to implement into your usual routines and you needn’t download an app to achieve them.
Improving your sleep can mean different things for different people and can be anything from getting up and starting your day as soon as your alarm goes off rather than hitting snooze, which can disrupt your sleep later, or making the decision to go to bed an hour earlier every night.
Before you do anything else, make sure you set your goal in place, recognise what it is you want to achieve and most importantly, be realistic.
Keep a sleep diary
Something to do this new year to help improve the quality of your sleep is to keep a regular sleep diary; much like keeping a regular diary, a sleep diary can be filled out nightly in order for you to work out how well you are currently sleeping and how you can improve the quality of your sleep.
Don’t go to bed until you’re tired
Another great way to look after your sleep is to wait to go to bed until you feel tired. Whether that be at 8pm or midnight, the important thing is to go to bed when you need to, as forcing yourself to go to bed at what you deem to be a reasonable time can prevent you from falling asleep if you’re not tired.
Adjust your alarm sounds
It can be quite startling, to say the least, waking up to loud sounds when you’re still blurry-eyed, which can often make us feel more tired throughout the day if we feel as though we have been forced awake. Opting for softer-sounding alarms with soothing tones are far more likely to wake us up gently, making us feel much more relaxed at the start of the day.
Invest in a new bed-spread
There’s never been a better time of year to consider investing in a new duvet or pillows; it is recommended that we replace our pillows every six months, for both comfort and hygiene. You may not be surprised to hear that over time, your bedding can become home to dust particles, not to mention the fact during the night we sweat and the natural oils in our hair are absorbed by our bedding – why not make it a fresh start with some brand new bedding?
Are you on a mission to improve your sleep this year? What goals have you set in place to get you started? Let us know in the comments section below!